By William Hill
13th December 2018
Manchester City surrendered their place at the top of the Premier League to Liverpool in the last round of fixtures. Now they must beat an Everton side that have given them more trouble than most in recent seasons if they are to have any chance of reclaiming top spot this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s men are just 2/9 for victory in the match betting, despite the sanctified Spaniard only gaining his first victory over the Toffees at the fourth and most recent attempt.
The Goodison Park club, whose knack for pinching points off the Citizens pre-dates Pep by many, many seasons, are a dismissive 12/1 bet for victory at the Etihad, while the draw is trading at odds of 11/2.
Before we discuss our Man City vs Everton predictions and betting tips, let’s remind ourselves just how much of a thorn in the City side the Merseyside outfit have been in recent campaigns.
Backing City vs Everton only for the bravest of bettors
Since the Abu Dhabi United Group changed the course of Man City history on September 1st 2008, the clubs have played each other 22 times, with the Etihad outfit winning a mere eight of those encounters.
During the same period, the Toffees took the spoils on nine occasions; their ineffable ability to frustrate the men from Manchester abiding across multiple managers and countless different playing participants in this time.
Under the ultimately doomed auspices of Ronald Koeman, the blue side of Liverpool was unbeaten across three clashes with City, including two draws in Manchester and a 4-0 riot at Goodison, while they’ve not lost away to the defending champions since 2014.
Good fortune, such as Kyle Walker’s first-half sending off at the Etihad last term, or the Citizens missing two penalties at the same ground a season earlier, has aided their cause, yet Everton have defied them too many times down the years for that to be the sole reason.
Our Man City vs Everton predictions
For the sides’ latest showdown things are complicated for City by their midweek Champions League clash with Hoffenheim, as well as injuries to key men Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and David Silva.
The South American pair may well end up playing against Everton, but the fact that they won’t be flying fitness wise is a further feather in the cap for those looking to bet against the hosts.
Actually backing the Toffees against a side that have been as imperious as City have for much of this season remains quite the leap and, at shorter odds, betting both the 15/8 half-time draw and the first-half correct score of 0-0 at a 14/5 pick look preferable ways of exploiting the visitors’ bogey status.
Marco Silva’s men have already travelled to the Emirates, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield this term and those who backed them with a +2 handicap trousered the takings in three of those four fixtures. They’re 6/5 to prevail in our Man City vs Everton predictions and betting tips with the benefit of a two-goal head-start here.